Tomatoes and Watermelon
It’s summertime and making healthy choices couldn’t be easier. Kansas City is home to more than 30 farmer’s markets, and right now they are overflowing with tomatoes and watermelons. Maybe you even know a home gardener who will “share” their abundance. If so, lucky you!
The rich red color of these two fruits can be attributed to lycopene, a potent antioxidant. Lycopene may reduce the risk of heart disease, improve vision, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, and even reduce the incidence of some cancers. They are loaded with vitamins A and C. Best of all, they are refreshing and taste great.
The obvious way to enjoy watermelon is just to slice into wedges, serve as dessert, and let the sugary juices run down your chin. An easy, impressive salad can be assembled by layering sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, and then drizzling with olive oil. The recipe below is an interesting way to combine the two.
In my health coaching practice, one of the things I encourage is choosing nutrient dense foods. Both tomatoes and watermelons meet that requirement. Enjoy!
Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese
Combine 4 cups cubed watermelon, 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped red onion and 1/4 cup fresh basil in a bowl.
Prepare dressing by combining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons lime juice, scant salt and pepper. Toss gently with watermelon/tomato mixture. Sprinkle with feta.
Diane Schwartz is a health and nutrition coach and the newest member of the Elite Physical Therapy Wellness Team. If you would like to reach Diane for questions or comments about foods rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You can tell a lot about a person by what he or she does for others. Kim, I know it is your job to be a physical therapist, but you went far above and beyond the definition of a PT. You and Julie didn’t have to come in on weekends to accommodate my problem, you didn’t have to let me use the gym as much as you did, and you DEFINITELY did not have to celebrate my graduation with cupcakes…But you did. And it is these qualities that make you all who you are – awesome people – and people I was privileged to have met.
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